What are the 1,2,3,4,5 positions in basketball, and what do they mean when they say that a player was +20 in a game?

Asked by 2davidc8 (9892) January 21st, 2017

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There are two forwards, two guards and a center. The guards play near the basket side of the court, and the forwards play out near the center line. The fifth player is the center (self-explanatory). This link gives a good rundown of the game, its history, and the basic rules.

Strauss (22228)

1.Point Guard
2. Shooting Guard
3. Small Forward
4. Power Forward
5. Center

blueknight73 (2706)

I’m thinking the +20 refers to oner 20 points scored.

Strauss (22228)

^ Yeah . I play basketball, and fantasy basketball. ”+20” usually indicates a player exceeding 20 points.

There are lots of slang terms used in basketball. A “dime” for instance is an assist.

MrGrimm888 (16911)

@Strauss @MrGrimm888 I think that there’s more to it than that, because a player can sometimes be negative, as in “he was minus 1.97”. I think that a player’s mistakes (as in turnovers) are also taken into account. Just wanted to know what the formula is.

2davidc8 (9892)

I’ll add though that many teams don’t have a classic 1–2-3–4-5 position. There are always guards, but having 3 guards and 2 forwards is a common scenario.

Rarebear (25162)

+20 means that throughout the duration of a game, when a player was on the court, his/her team outscored the opponent by 20 points.

This statistic is usually referred to as plus/minus.

Suppose a team wins a game by 4 points.
Player A scored 32 points and finished with a plus/minus of -7.
Player B scored 5 points and finished with a plus/minus of +16.

Even though player B didn’t score many points, she may have made contributions in ways that are not represented by conventional statistics. Like playing shut-down defense, for example.

Lawn (1349)

@Lawn Thank you. Your explanation makes a lot of sense.

2davidc8 (9892)

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